"Better In Time" is a song written by J. R. Rotem and Andrea Martin and produced by Rotem for Leona Lewis's debut album, Spirit. It is the fourth track on the album, (second track on US release) and was released in March 2008 as Lewis' third single in the United Kingdom, as a double A-side with "Footprints in the Sand". It was later released as Lewis' second international single following her debut hit "Bleeding Love". It was originally to be released in the United States on June 17, 2008, but was pushed back to July 15 2008.
The single was released in the UK as a digital download on March 9 2008, with a physical release on the following day, in aid of Sport Relief. The song was remixed for the single release. "Better In Time" was BBC Radio 2's record of the week from February 11 2008.
On September 2, Leona performed the song on Good Morning America following up the next day with a performance on Live with Regis and Kelly. She also performed the song on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Ellen Degeneres Show during the week of September 8. Finally, on October 1 2008 the song was performed on the season finale of America's Got Talent to finish off the U.S. promotion for the song.
Ahead of its US release, Billboard stated that "Better In Time" is of "equal caliber to its predecessor ["Bleeding Love"], with a one-listen hook, elegant chug-along melody, a lyric about healing and Lewis' unquestionably emotive vocal versatility. Wellheart Music Journal says of the song and of the singer 'No one in music today has a voice this strong and soulful and injects their songs with as much soul and presence in their songs as this singer' especially with this song.
In Australia, "Better In Time" debuted at number thirty-two based solely on download sales, and in its second week ascended to number twenty-one and was named one of the bullet performers for that week. "Better In Time" ascended eleven places to number-ten in its third week becoming Leona's second top ten single there, and eventually reached its peak at number-six two weeks later. It debuted at number thirty-four on the RIANZ Chart on March 17 2008, eventually climbing to number-nine in five weeks, and by its sixth week had climbed to number-six, thereby becoming her second consecutive top 10 hit in New Zealand, and was also certified Gold after 20 weeks with sales of over 7,500. "Better In Time" was also a success in Europe, and as a result has reached a peak position of number-three on the European Hot 100.
In April 2008, "Better In Time" debuted at number twenty-four on the US Hot Digital Songs Chart, and entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart on the chart week of April 26 2008 at number sixty-two as a result of the digital downloads which accumulated in the week of Spirit's North American release before dropping out of the chart the following week. The song also peaked at number forty-five on the Billboard Pop 100. "Better in Time" re-entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number seventy-five following its official release there, and reached a new peak of number forty-four on the Pop 100 the same week. The following week "Better in Time" ascended to a new peak of number sixty-one on the Billboard Hot 100 and has peaked at fourteen so far. It has also peaked at number seven on the Billboard Pop 100 to date. It has become a top five hit on both the Pop Airplay chart and the Mainstream Top 40 chart.
For the US release, the "Better In Time" music video was slightly changed. The scenes featuring Lewis with a horse were replaced with additional shots from the other parts of the video. It first premiered in the US on VH1's Top 20 Countdown on June 28, 2008, following the week of June 17, 2008 when the single was first expected to be released. The following week it debuted at number two and since then it has peaked at number one four times on the countdown. On August 16, September 6, and September 27 2008 it reached number one spot on the countdown.
As of now, it has received over 25 million views on YouTube.
US Promo CD Single
|Republic of Ireland||March 7 2008||Syco Music||CD single, digital download|
|United Kingdom||March 9 2008||Digital download|
|March 10 2008||CD single|
|Australia||April 19 2008||Sony BMG||CD single, digital download|
|Europe||May 12 2008||Sony BMG||CD single, digital download|
|United States||July 15 2008||J Records||CD single, digital download|
|UK Singles Chart||2|
|European Hot 100 Singles||8|
|Australian ARIA Singles Chart||6|
|Austrian Singles Chart||3|
|Belgium Singles Chart||12|
|Canadian Hot 100||11|
|Danish Singles Chart||3|
|Dutch Top 40||13|
|European Hot 100||3|
|Finnish Singles Chart||13|
|German Singles Chart||2|
|Hungarian Airplay Chart||10|
|Irish Singles Chart||4|
|Italian Singles Chart||3|
|Israeli Singles Chart||7|
|México Top 100 Singles Chart||56|
|New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart||6|
|Norwegian Singles Chart||19|
|Romanian Top 100||6|
|Swedish Singles Chart||5|
|Swiss Singles Chart||5|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||14|
|U.S. Billboard Pop 100||7|
|U.S. Billboard Mainstream Top 40||5|